Airport Conducts Full Scale Disaster Drill

Oct172014

Airport Conducts Full Scale Disaster Drill

 

apdd 120As a Delta flight to Detroit took off on Runway 32 late Saturday morning passengers on the right hand side of the plane could see another 50-seat Bombardier CRJ Series aircraft on the ground, surrounded by fire trucks and ambulances, with passengers being carried out on stretchers and firefighters scrambling to help victims of the crash.  Of the 42 souls below, 8 were deceased on impact, 8 had serious injuries requiring immediate medical care, 11 had less serious injuries, and 15 escaped with only minor cuts and bruises.  Oddly the plane had no cockpit or wings.  That was because the CRJ on the ground was a simulator being used for a full scale disaster drill, not a real crashed plane at all.

"I like the full scale part of it," says Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport Operations Supervisor and Fire Chief Dave Crawford.  "Everybody is practicing in actual real time.  You can practice, but usually it's in sub-sections.  You practice fighting fires, your response, you practice with the equipment. But this is nice because it all comes together, and we get to practice with all our mutual aid departments at the same time."

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Food Pantry Moves To Dedicated New Home at The RINK

Oct172014

Food Pantry Moves To Dedicated New Home at The RINK

 

foodpantry 120When the Lansing Food Pantry opens its doors on October 27th they will be new doors.  After a quarter of a century operating at the Lansing United Methodist Church (LUMC), the Community Recreation Center, Incorporated, better known as The RINK and The FIELD, has donated space in a former storage area below the upstairs health club.

"We were short of space at the church, very short of space," says Food Pantry Director Nancy Myers.  "All this was in a small space, a closet that we were sharing with the rest of the church.  Now this is all ours.  It's absolutely a dream.  It took us a good two hours to set up in the morning, and perhaps an hour to take down at night.  Now we walk out at night and lock the door."

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March for the Animals Hits New Attendance Record

Oct172014

March for the Animals Hits New Attendance Record

 

spca120The SPCA's 2014 March for the Animals exceeded its goal of $100,000 by raising a total of over $108,000. This year, new registration and attendance records were reached with over 312 people registering for the March, 52 teams participating, and more than 54 youth fundraisers.

Executive Director Jim Bouderau commented, "I couldn't believe the huge increase in the numbers of people this year – Nearly 100 more than ever before! It was so exciting to see so many individuals and entire families at the March with their pets." Bouderau says that participants included hundreds of dogs, 4 cats, 1 ferret, 1 hedgehog, and at least one stuff animal, including a plush guinea pig standing in for compatriots who stayed home.

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Local REALTORS® Collect Phones To Benefit Domestic Violence Victims

Oct172014
ibr phones120The New York State Association of REALTORS®' Young Professionals Network Group held a used cell phone collection drive at the recent NYSAR Fall Business Meetings at Turning Stone Resort to benefit victims of domestic violence.

To encourage participation, NYSAR made it a contest between their 8 geographic regions. Coming out on top, of course, was the Southern Tier (Binghamton, Elmira-Corning, Ithaca, Cortland and Otsego-Delaware), who collected over 70 phones for this great cause!

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Pet Expo Oct. 18th At The Mall

Oct172014

Pet Expo Oct. 18th At The Mall

 

dogandcatThe Shops at Ithaca Mall will host a Pet Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, with approximately 15 businesses and agencies who'll provide fun activities, demonstrations, and information for the pet-loving community.
 
The list of vendors includes 4H Junior Tailwaggers, Animal Images, Bubbles & Bows, Cayuga Nature Center, Colonial Veterinary Hospital, Dan the Snake Man, Finger Lakes Kennel Club, Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Hubbard's Hounds, Ithaca Dog Training Club, Long Island Bulldog Rescue, Pampered Pets, and more.

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Today's Green Minute

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Today's Green Minute

 

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Jim Parks is most widely known as the veteran host of HGTV's remodeling show, "New Spaces," which has been enjoyed by television audiences for over nine years.  Today's Green Minute was born as Jim was doing research for a magazine series. He discovered the wealth of innovation being generated in the green world and set out to write a weekly newspaper column. An audio podcast version soon followed, and now video.  One of the things The Lansing Star is proud of is that we are a green, electronic newspaper.  You don't even have to recycle the Star.  This feature offers more on how to make your world greener.  Every few weeks a new episode will be added so check back often.

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LeeLeeWhile Lee Lee came to the shelter a very fearful dog, she has blossomed with a little help from our behavior team and is starting to come out of her shell. Lee Lee has a lot of terrier energy, so is seeking an active adopter who can provide lots of healthy outlets, including high energy activities. While she didn't know what to do with a toy when she got here, she is quickly developing an addiction to chasing balls around the play yard with brief breaks to splash around in our kiddie pools. Lee Lee is working hard on learning nice manners and would love an adopter who is experienced and committed to providing her with continuing education. Because of her size and energy level, we are looking to place Lee Lee in an adult only home where she will be the only pet.

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